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>> [ explosion ] >> israeli air strikes on gaza. at least seven more palestinians are killed overnight. hello, i'm here from doha, with the world news from al jazeera. also on the programme... attack at a mosque leaves dozens dead and threatens to deepen iraq sectarian divide seeking sanctuary, we speak to refugees displaced by fighting in eastern ukraine.
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goodbye to one of the greatest. iran lays to rest the woman called the lioness. welcome to the programme, there has been a night of israeli air strikes on the gaza strip, seven palestinians were killed. israeli officials say more than 80 rockets were fired from gaza on friday. a 4-year-old israeli boy was killed by a rocket launched from near a school, used by hamas. this is the sabre area, where homes were flattened in a barrage of israeli air strikes. witnesses say intense attacks destroyed everything here. >> translation: two missiles hit a house. within a few minutes there was another strike. all the block came down, for
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500m everything was destroyed. there is nothing standing. people didn't have time to escape. everyone was injured. no one was left. >> it wasn't just of the sabre area. dozens of strikes lit you will gaza's skies. medical teams struggled to bring the wounded to hospital. >> translation: we were all sitting, me and my children at home, waiting to have dinner. we held a loud explosions. we held our children. blood was gushing from my head. i wept downstairs to call for an ambulance. many were wounded in the streets. >> reporter: israel says rocket strikes were targeted. residents say homes, farms and schools are continually feel being hit. the israeli military says many rockets were fired and gaza. a 4-year-old was killed, when a rocket hit a home, the first
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israeli child to have decide -- died in the 6-week long conflict. the mortar was launched from near a hamas-run school, used to shelter the displaced. with that came warnings of a tactical residential area. >> translation: we call on all civilians who have ammunitions inside or near their homes, used to fire on israel, to leave their houses. we will target these locations during the coming hours. >> reporter: hamas released video showing rocket fire towards israel. more than 2,000 palestinians have been killed, and over 10,000 within injured in the ongoing attacks on a densely populated gaza strip. with collapse of talks, there's little hope of an end to the violence. >> well, let's join jane ferguson from gaza. news emerging on saturday about
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palestinian factions ready to support president mahmoud abbas, and sign up to the international criminal court. what are you hearing about this? >> that's right. it's significant that we are talking about factions ready to sign up. we heard this year about discussions about the potential to basically apply for membership of the i.c.c. coming from mahmoud abbas, and from the palestinian authority. what we are hearing is hamas and islamic jihad would be willing to sign up and throw support behind that. the reason why that is significant is so far they have not given support to that because if you sign up, technically you are potentially going to be investigated yourself. now, of course, this potential membership of the i.c.c. has been something that aggravated israel enormously.
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technically the palestinians could be able to claim or ask for a child-led investigation into war crimes, and this is, of course, increasingly sensitive right now, considering over 2,000 have been killed in the past six weeks in the gaza strip. the fact that hamas and islamic jihad have thrown support behind it shows that they are prepared for the possibility that they, too, could be investigated for war crimes, such as indiscriminate rocket fire. yesterday, on friday, did very see the 18 people by factions that have gotten together, and accused them of being collaborators. they are incidents where the factions themselves need to be prepared to be vetted. the fact that they are on board is a step forward for mahmoud abbas, and any potential membership of the i.c.c. >> we are waiting for mahmoud abbas to give a formal
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statement. he is in cairo. the israeli prime minister is threatening more reprisals after rockets were fired and gaza, and after the death of a 4-year-old child. i suppose the tension and the scenario for people is that they are nervous and worried. >> tension is very high u behind me is a house where of those killed last night, across the gaza strip five were killed out of seven killed across the gaza strip. the center of the strip - people were tense. after the news of that child having been killed in israel, there were warnings, as you have said, coming from the israelis. there were essentially voice mail messages sent to thousands of palestinians in gaza. people were hunkering down. people have hopes that talks out
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of cairo could resume that there could be a peace deal. they are aware that the palestinians will know there could only be a solution if there is a deal. >> for the moment, jane ferguson, thank you - we'll follow the event. sunni politicians in iraq suspended talks after a mass killing in the north-east of the country. dozens of sunni muslims were shot dead or wounded. these pictures show the moment after gunmen started firing. one man can be heard shouting that the attackers are coming back. >> now, it's believed the gunmen from from a shia militia. very worrying images on a mobile phone. and the latest from jane arraf, our correspondent in erbil in northern iraq.
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images like that, and incidents like that, jane, seem to hark back to the sectarian violence that we saw in iraq after and during the american invasion. there must be great concern about what is going on around the country, and, of course, where you are. >> there is absolutely. everyone has been terrified that this could be the incident that sparks another still war. now, what we have seen in the past is shia militias and sunni gunmen and fighters come in where there's a security vacuum, and with what we are seeing in iraq. fighters are regrouping and they have gathered at the invitation of senior religious leaders saying they are needed to help the security forces fight the islamic state group. the shia militias are taking hold of areas where iraqi forces are weak. it's heightened sectarian
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sections and heightened tension that is it could evolve into the fighting that iraq painfully climbed out of years ago. it's been pointed out it's not clear who is responsible. they are launching on investigation, and promised whoever is responsible will be brought to justice. >> while it seems that the groups seem to be in control of a situation, it leaves the prime minister designate in a very precarious position. she's trying to form a government, and he's trying to secure the country. it's an unstable time. >> it's really very difficult. now, two of the sunni groups, as you mentioned, have withdrawn from talks, at least for now. one of the problems is that the sunnis are fragmented. it means, as well, though, that not all sunnis believe that they should be withdrawing at this
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point. what that illustrates are the dividing line that exists, and politics on the ground. almost every community has been fractured. zeina khodr, my colleague, has been covering the fighting on the front lines and reports from one of the dividing lines. >> reporter: the islamic state carved out what it is calling a new countries from the territories of iraq and syria. this bridge is a dividing line, part of a 1,000km border. iraq's kurds are trying to protect. we are on the east side, a village that is a gate way to erbil, the capital of the semiautonomous kurdish region in iraq. the warring sides are not far apart. the peshmerga has taken new ground and controls the kurdish down of zumara. despite the gain, it will not be easy to win the fight against the islamic state group.
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officials acknowledge that. the kurds say they are fighting for their existence, and the nephew of the president of the kurdish region is on the front line. he says that they are facing a strong well-armed and dangerous enemy, on this front the peshmerga are not getting support from the u.s. air force, because the islamic state group is adapting to the new reality. >> i know not any more going as a convoy as before. almost now they are changing the tactic, coming one or two cars maximum and going to the villages, because it is known in the plan not to target civilian planes. >> that group has been using sophisticated weaponry and improvised explosive devices to slow the advance of the kurdish poreses. the peshmerga would welcome more help, but has not had a presence in the north, since the group
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took control of sunni heartland. >> the coordination between us and iraqi forces is too necessary, because when we may it together we could respond and fight better than now. >> reporter: further east in diyala province, there's cooperation, this will be a long-term battle. so far the kurds in the shia led iraqi army do not have the support of local communities, they need them on board, else this could turn into a war against islam sunnis, instead of the islamic state. now, monitors belonging to the organization for security and cooperation report that russian aid trucks have begun to leave ukraine. moscow defended a decision to send 100 trucks of humanitarian aid into a separatist held area
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in ukraine. kiev called it an invasion. we have this report from the donetsk region in eastern ukraine. >> reporter: on the move, the first of more than 260 russian aid trucks. the vehicles have been in limbo on the russian ukranian border for a week as kiev and moss cos argue over theirentry. in defiance, trucks are rolling in under separatist escort. kiev calls the move an invasion. this is where the trucks are thought to be headed. the separatist held city of luhansk, where street to street fighting rages. the city is under constant ukranian bombardment. at the monastery, more than 1,000 refugees sought sanctuary. a few weeks ago these people lived ordinary lives in quiet
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backwaters, but the war changed everything. >> angelica escaped fighting. she has been at the monastery for a month. her and her family gathered what they could, and fled. >> we are on the road. the scene of some of the fiercest fighting. here, without water, electricity and the threat of shelling, locals you are trying to live normal lives. we passed the last ukranian checkpoint, and are now in no man's land. the separatist fighters are a couple of kilometres down the road and remain in control of the town. >> the ukranian army are continuing to tighten the noose on the separatists last remaining strongholds. ukranian forces appear to have the upper hand. >> it looks like donetsk and luhansk are ours. we are in the process of
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clearing up. there's no major forces left. but the battlefield changes shape on a daily basis, with the arrival of the russian convoy. the tide of war could change. now, at the united nation, both the ukranian and russian ambassadors traded accusations about the convoy. >> we are deeply concerned with the reactions of the russian federation, or the deliver of the humanitarian convoy in the east of you crane. we take it as a blat and violation. >> at times it seems there's no clear chain of command in kiev, because some assurances are given from - at a high level. and then others do not give the orders, which are required, as i mentioned by the border police, to let the trucks in.
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that game could not continue indefinitely, we waited long enough. and it was time to move. this is what we do. >> still to come on al jazeera. angry crowds in the libyan capital tell you why they were protesting. draught, conflict and a blockade combine thousands on the brink of famine in somalia.
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people from one family killed in an israeli air strike on a house in central gaza on saturday morning. palestinian medics say the dead included two women and two children. two major sunni blocs suspended talks to form a new iraqi government. they made the decision after this incident in which dozens of sunni ms limbs were -- muslims were shot dat in a mosque in diyala province, it's believe the gunmen are from a shia region. >> hundreds of russian aid trucks that crossed into ukraine without permission are heading back. kiev accuses moscow of invading its area. to north africa, 20 people, ind clueing a child -- including a child, drowned off the coast, believed to be illegal immigrants, on a boat of up to
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200 people. the libyan coast guard rescued 16, but doesn't know happened to the boat. libya is a transit route for illegal migrants, dozens died since the start of august, trying to cross from africa to the european continent. >> thousands rallied against the government's request for u.n.'s help. the parliament called for international intervention as it tries to deal with the worst violence in three years. >> reporter: a mass demonstration against foreign intervention. these people took to martyr's square in their thousands to denounce their government request for outside military assistance. parliament believes that it would be the best way to deal with ongoing violence. but on the streets of tripoli, few agreed. >> the parliament is already dead from its deceptions. what i mean is it cannot implement the decisions on the
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ground. on the other side the rebels can. >> the parliament is sitting in didn't tub ruk, 1200km away, something the protesters criticise. >> translation: the parliament in tube rook is a gaines the revolution -- against the revolution, this is a coup against the february 17th revolution. >> in benghazi there were protests, not on the scale of tripoli. the airport has been closed for weeks, because of fighting between rebels and the general haist. >> the council has taken control of the general's group. >> on friday, egypt and tunisia cancelled air routes, a sign of how bad the situation has
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become. a woman has been killed in anti-government protests in egypt. rallies supporting former president mursi has staged in cairo, giza. demonstrators were demanding that mohamed mursi be reinstated. they are calling for justice for hundreds killed by egyptian security forces since july last year. al jazeera is demanding the release of three al jazeera journalists gaoled in egypt. peter greste, mohamed fadel fahmy and baher mohamed have been imprisoned for 238 days. accused of helping the outlawed muslim brotherhood in june. mohamed fadel fahmy and peter greste were given 7 year sentences, badr mohammed receive an extra three. lawyers have filed appeals against the convictions.
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the world health organisation says families hiding infected ebola patients and difficult access for medics in some areas means it will take months to control the outbreak. 26 underhave been infected. more than half have died. >> i don't want to sugarcoat the situation. this is not something that will turp around overnight. it will not be easy. we aspect months of hard work. we expect months of struggling against the health break. we do expect to turn it around at some point russia sent a team of medical experts and kits to guinea, the two laboratories will be used to test patients. nearly 600 cases of ebola have been recorded. three our west african countries are battling the virus. >> staying on the continent.
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the united nations a warning that the world must act now to prevent a famine in somalia. it will be the second famine in three years. in 2011 more than a quarter of a million died of malnutrition and starvation. as it stands, more than 2,000 children under the age of five are malnourished and humanitarian aid is low. out nearly 3 million people are in need of care. >> from southern somalia we have this report. >> in drought stricken somali, anxiety set in. several taking a toll on the population. the lives are dying. sources of water dry up. people say they are fearing for
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their lives. >> i doubt if we cap live like this. we could have escaped. the drought is everywhere. >> reporter: it's a condition that worsens by the day. across the region, thousands are on the move. they are joining camps for displaced people like this, 40km from the border, one of a few places where aid can reach with ease. in is one of the new arrivesals. >> i said conflict and hunger. people were killed for no reason we were left to our own means and getting no help. >> for years, this town was controlled by al-shabab fighters. government supporters supported by ethiopian troops book back control of the town. al-shabab fighters didn't go
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far. people are suffering from a blockade. a conbination of drought, conflict and high prices - pushing the people of the town to the brink. it's a shortage of everything here. >> there's little activity in the main market. most remain closed. the future is still here, they say business is bad. whatever little aid the government received is stuck in warehouses in mogadishu. aid agencies are discussing whether to declare a famine or not. somalia's drought management committee has been visiting the drought-hit areas. >> things will deteriorate the situation, where people will be dying as well. that is what we want to avoid. >> action by the humanitarian
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ability, and the blockage on towns is what most somalis are hoping for. only when it has been declared it has been ineffective in the past. three towns in guatemala are suffering drought. the u.n.'s world food program says the droughts are affecting areas of self and honduras. a fight has broken out at a presidential campaign rally in bolivia. rival soccer plans started to throw chairs at each other. the democratic candidate blamed the violence on each other. morales is leading in the polls on object the 12.
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>> in peru doctors protesting against working continues clashed. security officers used tear gas to disperse the health care workers, for refusing to get off the street. they have been on strike for more than 100 days. government employees want more money and better treatment. now, the woman known as iran's last great female poet has been laid to rest in tehran. through the work, she fought for women's rites. she had millions of followers. >> we have more. >> reporter: in death, as in life, the woman called iran's lioness was held so high by his followers. somehows aned said farewell.
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to mourn and celebrate a life that left its mark. >> she was not just my mother, she was a mother to many. she regarded everyone as her children. she was a renowned poet. she told iran's leaders to stop throwing her country to the wind. in reply they banned her from leaving it. her work, not as a poet but as an activist and semennist gained attention. she was twice nominated for the nobel prize and quoted by the u.s. president. >> old i may be, but gist the chance i will learn, i will begin a second youth alongside my prejudice ni. in the end, she said only her voice would remain, she would
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not be eternal. but for so many, her words will live on. >> and you can follow all the stories covered here on >> an outbreak of the ebola virus has never spread this far, never killed and sickened this many or gotten a foothold in a large urban area. how the response and the nature of the battle changes once it had happened is the inside story. >> hello, i'm ray suarez.